In the last episode of Color and Meaning we explored the color Red. I had a poll at the end of that post asking about how you use red in your fiber art or quilting. Here are the results:
For this little series I am focusing on the primaries in the Munsell color system: red, yellow, green ,blue and purple. Next up is
"There are painters who transform the sun
yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transfer a yellow spot into the sun."--Pablo Picasso
I think the more yellows, the more lights, the better. It
alerts everybody. I mean, I guess I'm always a little bit afraid when the
yellow comes out, we all get out of it, that someone won't notice it, pile into the
back of you.
I really just want to be warm yellow light that pours over everyone I love.
Yellow is the most luminous and visible of all of the colors. Our eye processes yellow first and it’s the reason that school buses and taxicabs are yellow (or, more accurately, yellow with a little orange). Pure yellow has a very high reflective value.
When you look at a collection of yellow fabrics you will not notice a lot of “varieties” of yellow as there are with red and blue. When yellow is mixed with even the tiniest bit of blue you get green. Mix in a little red and you have orange.
Yellow stimulates mental processes and activates memory.
Yellow, as with all colors, has positive and negative connotations.
In American football an yellow flag indicates a penalty
A yellow flag indicates quarantine
In China, adult movies are “yellow movies”
In Russia the “yellow house” is the crazy house
In the Middle Ages Jews were forced to wear yellow patches as a form of identification and later generations were forced to wear yellow arm bands in the Nazi concentration camps.
Yellowbellied – cowardly
Yellow fever – a disease with jaundice as a symptom
Yellow journalism – printing news stories with the sole objective of selling more newspapers
Yellow ribbon – remembrance
Mellow yellow – relaxed
Yellow streak down your back – cowardly
In quilting, yellow has been very popular to use with gray, especially in modern quilts. But it seems to me that most people avoid using much gray. Several years ago there was a lot of mention of adding a “zinger” to your quilt. Quilts started appearing with small amounts of yellow or chartreuse green added to great effect. Too much yellow can be jarring but sometimes that’s the effect that you want.
How do you use yellow? You can check all that apply.